TMJ is the acronym for "temporomandibular joint." These are the small joints located on each ear which attach the skull and the lower jaw. Incidentally, these are the most complex joints in the body as they integrate with muscle, teeth, and nerves. Due to this, TMJ dysfunction affects many different areas within the body. Symptoms include tingling or numbness in the arms, pain in the shoulders or neck, and migraine type headaches.
TMJ dentistry adequately addresses the disorder and provides pain relief and treatment for patients affected by TMJ. Every year, tens of thousands of men and women are affected by this disorder. NuSmile dental
is proud to offer the most advanced solutions for our patients throughout Seminole, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and the surrounding areas. Our therapies help to correct a damaged bite and jaw misalignment.
Symptoms of TMJ
Symptoms of TMJ are multifaceted and can be displayed in various areas of the body. The following symptoms are typical of TMJ:
• Ear Pain and ringing in the ears, as well as hearing loss are symptomatic of TMJ. This can sometimes be misdiagnosed as an ear infection.
• Joint movement accompanied by popping or clicking sounds which indicate abnormal disc positioning. Treatment can be forgone if the sounds are not accompanied by pain.
• Swelling may result on the side of the face that is affected.
• Pain in the jaw joints and facial muscles is one of the main indicators of TMJ. The pain may radiate out to the shoulders and neck and if the joints are overstretched, muscle spasms may result.
TMJ disorder can cause damage to teeth, gums, joints, and bones. NuSmile Dental provides TMJ dentistry that can help to treat this disorder and prevent lasting damage. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us
by calling (727) 393-6962 today.